Who doesn’t love a good cardigan? Now, with our crazy unpredictable weather the transitional wardrobe staple is more important than ever. Cardigans are easy to layer, and for those of us who are permanently cold (hand raised!) longer cashmere styles are pretty much like being wrapped in a cozy, chic blanket. Anyone who thinks cardigans are stuffy should check out this season’s sexy, ‘90s-inspired cropped versions or the way models like Bella Hadid style them: fastening only the middle button and wearing nothing underneath. And let’s not forget Katie Holmes’ internet breaking Khaite cardigan with matching knit bra. It gave new meaning to the term sweater-set.
Whether you want to go cropped, classic, or oversized we rounded up 17 cardigans to live in all winter long.
Meet your new weekend uniform. Whether you're running errands, lounging at home, or taking a socially distanced walk with friends, Vince’s soft cashmere cardigan, in muted taupe, instantly elevates your standard jeans and T-shirt, or, ahem, sweatpant look.
To Buy: $525, Vince Cashmere Cardigan
Did someone say (virtual) holiday party? Crystals are big for Fall 2020 and Christopher Kane embellished his luxe virgin wool cardigan with striking blue and white jeweled flowers. Wear the sparkly knit on mundane days for a boost of joy.
To Buy: $1,195, Christopher Kane Oversized Crystal-Flower Wool Cardigan
Don’t let the pastel pink color or dainty embroidered flowers on Alessandra Rich’s pointelle cardigan fool you into thinking it's saccharine. The sexy cropped hem gives the feminine stitching some major edge. Pair it with high-waisted trousers or a mini skirt, like in the designer’s Fall show, for a glam vixen look.
Add some whimsy to any outfit with Dôen's fair trade certified, hand-knit Pomme sweater. We especially love the textured, bohemian style paired with a floral printed dress or jeans and sleek tee.
To Buy: $498, Dôen Pomme Sweater
There are just so many delish, subtle details woven into Proenza Schouler’s ribbed cotton cardigan. We love the voluminous sleeves, dropped shoulders, tortoiseshell buttons, and horizontal stitch on the tapered sleeve and front pockets. This is a forever piece.
To Buy: $1,490, Proenza Schouler Ribbed Cotton Cardigan
Brock Collection manages to channel classic elegance in each of its feminine pieces. Even bulkier cable-knit feels sleek and chic thanks to a streamlined silhouette and cinched waist.
To Buy: $1,200 , Brock Collection Belted Cable-Knit Cashmere Cardigan
This body hugging ribbed cardigan looks especially sexy when worn with nothing underneath. Throw on the slinky knit with jeans and heels and you’re ready for a night out.
To Buy: $425, Nili Lotan Brenna Cardigan
Totême’s oversized v-neck cardigan is spun from recycled cashmere and wool. And despite its oversized silhouette, the kint feels polished thanks to a delicate pattern along the neck and front. Drape it over a slip dress for one of those perfect dressed-up-yet-down looks.
To Buy: $940, Totême Langre Knit Hazel Melage
3.1 Philip Lim
Cable-knit sweaters are a classic. Phillip Lim pushes his effortless, soft-wool version forward with giant eye-catching gold buttons. This is no grandma cardi.
To Buy: $595, 3.1 Phillip Lim Cable-knit Wool Blend Cardigan
How could we write a cardigan story and not include Khaite’s famous knit? Ever since Katie Holmes was snapped wearing the knit with matching bra beneath, women everywhere have been lusting after their own set. This season, designer Catherine Holstein’s Lucy style comes in a seductive Mahogany. Dream away.
To Buy: $1,680, Khaite Lucy Cashmere-Blend Cardigan
Channel that collegiate style and make a bold statement in Gucci’s eye-catching jacquard-knit cardigan. You’ll feel equal parts punk rock and polished.
To Buy: $2,200, Gucci Striped Wool-Blend Jacquard Knit Cardigan
If there’s something we’ve learned from Queen Elizabeth is that you can’t miss a woman in lime green. Erdem’s knubby knit, crafted from a soft brushed mohair blend, is an elegant and bold take on grunge.
To buy: $764, Erdem Marcilly Mohair-blend Cardigan
Ulla Johnson combined the season’s warming toffee and cognac tones in this eye-catching and cozy cardigan. The voluminous sleeves help give it a fashionable bohemian flare.
To Buy: $495, Ulla Johnson Greta Cardigan
Jenni Kayne’s wildly popular shouchy, oversized cardigan, made from luxurious cashmere, is perfect for layering or throwing over a slip dress for that effortlessly cool California style.
To Buy: $445, Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan
Weekend Max Mara
We predict that once the cold temps hit, it’ll be hard separating you from Weekend Max Mara’s camel cardigan. The good news: it works just as well for lounging at home in your pajamas as it does layered over a dress or trousers for work.
To Buy: $485, Weekend Max Mara Ovatte Cardigan
Year of Ours
Do like Kendall Jenner and rock this shrunken cropped cardigan with some low waist baggy jeans for a cool, model off duty look.
To Buy: $88, Year of Ours Ribbed Cropped Cardi
Most of Cecilie Bahnsen’s popular dresses are ethereal in the front and party in the back (often featuring an open back with ties) and her cardigan is no different. Inspired by school uniforms from the 1900s, the ivory v-neck cable knit features a detachable eyelet sailor yoke in the back. Think of yourself as a modern day superhero in it.